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RE: Drought....Cenizo, drought plants

Something like what you'd do to protect bulbs from critters, only bigger. I
take chicken wire and roll it into a cylinder as deep as I want my planting
hole, then take another piece and wire it to the bottom. Wire basket goes in
the hole, plant goes in the basket. As long as you're not trying to plant
something with really big roots they will grow through the wire. Gophers
can't get through to eat the plants. 
There are still problems because gophers can come up next to a plant and
smother it with a mound of dirt, or the plant won't like having a big ol'
tunnel right next to its root system, and eventually the chicken wire will
rot out or a seam pop open giving the critters free access. But it's not a
bad method. 
We kill off about 10 to 20 gophers a year but there are always more.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of TeichFlora@aol.com
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2005 4:16 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Drought....Cenizo, drought plants

Wire baskets for them, Cyndi??  Please explain?
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 11/14/2005 1:03:31 PM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

Another  plant I need more of for my dry garden is red yucca  (hesperaloe
parviflora). The hummingbirds love the flowers and it too  blooms off and on
all summer. Unfortunately the gophers love the roots, I  have lost six or
seven plants during the year. Next spring I'm going to put  in more but make
wire baskets for them. 

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